Point Others to Christ

Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Throughout the history of salvation, we have seen how God acts in ways that are surprising, often times reversing the expectations of humanity. We have seen this throughout Scripture. But let’s just think back to the great celebration we experienced last week. The Jewish peopleContinue reading “Point Others to Christ”

Mary, Mother of God

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It reminds us of the importance and the honor that we give to Mary as Catholics. I’m sure most of us here today have been asked at least once why Catholics give the Blessed MotherContinue reading “Mary, Mother of God”

Extraordinary Ordinariness

Homily for the Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas As I reflected on this Gospel yesterday, I found myself really drawn to pray with the ordinariness of the Holy Family. There was nothing extraordinary about Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to be dedicated in the Temple after his birth. It is something that isContinue reading “Extraordinary Ordinariness”

The Birth of Christ: Vulnerability, Fragility, Dependency

Homily for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Readings taken from the Mass During the Night. There is no doubt that this year has been one of the most challenging years in history – not just in the United States or around the world, but for each of us individually. ManyContinue reading “The Birth of Christ: Vulnerability, Fragility, Dependency”

Recognizing God’s Presence in the Other

Homily for Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent Every time I read this interaction between Mary and Elizabeth, I always find myself imagining the joy that each of the women had when they saw each other. Both of them had received incredible gifts from God. Elizabeth – once barren – now bears a sonContinue reading “Recognizing God’s Presence in the Other”

The Unworthiness of St. Joseph

Homily for Friday of the Third Week of Advent I have always wondered about this story with St. Joseph, specifically about him being filled with fear at the prospect of taking Mary into his home after he discovers that she is pregnant with a child not his own. My personal interpretation has been that JosephContinue reading “The Unworthiness of St. Joseph”

God Works Through History

Homily for Thursday of the Third Week of Advent I’ve been reflecting on this particular Gospel passage for a few weeks now. It was the Gospel I picked for the Night of Merciful Love a couple of weeks ago and it made up a large portion of the talks for the Advent morning of reflectionContinue reading “God Works Through History”

Walking in Righteousness

Homily for Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Last night, I was talking to a priest friend of mine about the readings for today and he said something to me that has just really had me thinking. He was talking about how he was really intrigued by this interaction between Jesus and the ScribesContinue reading “Walking in Righteousness”